I wanted a Octagonal table with padded rails so the plan started out simple and much cheaper Then I decided to add a strip of LED strip not rope lights However I quickly realized that the playing area would be a good deal lower than the padded rails At that point I added new layers of plywood to raise the playing area up even with the rails To make a smoother transition from lower area for chip trays and drink holders to the upper playing area I created a 45 degree ramp out of MDF and then finished it with a oak veneer The same veneer was used around the outside of the table below the pad Both were stained finished and waxed The whole thing sits on an oak octagonal pedestal that I bought unfinished over the web This was stained finished and waxed to match the veneer pieces To avoid a electric cord the lights run off of a 12 volt rechargable battery attached to the bottom of the table